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Three ladies might dictate the pace and the outcome of ING NY Marathon, and the most favorite one is Mary Keitany of Kenya who is the current half Marathon World record holder. She won 2011 Virgin London Marathon in her second Marathon Majors outing in 2:19: 19, lowering her debut time in 2010 ING NYC by 10 minutes.
Caroline Kilel of Kenya, is the second lady who factors in this race. She is Boston 2011 Marathon champion and has won a number of Marathons in various places including Nairobi which is deemed quite a high altitude place, and competitive. She has all it takes to give Mary Keitany a run for her win!
Inga Abitova of Russia, is a strong force in Marathon and is one of the elites who can mar a Kenyan one two or even a Kenyan win. She has more or less sam PR of about 2hrs 22 min like Caroline Kilel, and following the great performance of her county mate Liliya Shobhukova in 2hrs 18 min 20 seconds and a Russian record, she might be here to get back her pride.
Others who might factor
Isabellah Anderson a forme Kenyan but now a Swedish citizen. She is a four time champion of Stockholm Marathon from 2008 to 2011 and has a PR of 2:23:41. Her consecutive wins in Stockholm shows that she is mature and experienced to get the wins. Her experience might come handy in ING NYC Marathon.
Last but not least, I just want to recognize Galina Bogomolova, who has the second fastest time in elite’s field of 2:20: 47. However, the only problem is her PR is 5 years ago(2006), so she might be past her prime and probably not a factor at all. Nevertheless, her experience might be something worth a respect in the field.
Who will win?